Cocktails on the Castle: The Red Promenade

The heat was, once again, oppressive. It seems particularly unlucky that this hike, involving 800m of elevation over 6km, and packs weighing upwards of 20 and even 30kg, had coincided with a heat wave not once but twice in 2014. Still, we napped in the shade before the final ascent and then pushed to the…

On Being Human

Sex sells. But humans sell too. The smiling face of a baby adorns boxes of disposable nappies. Coca Cola advertisements sell a lifestyle as much as a product. And Old Spice is a household name thanks to actor Isaiah Mustafa. Similarly, humanising something makes it more engaging. Compare these two passages: The Budawangs are a…

Cocktails on the Castle: The Heatwave Edition

Arguably, bushwalkers are not always the most elegant outdoor enthusiasts. They don’t have the cat-like sinewy leanness of rock climbers, the presence of sleek lines of carbon fibre mountain bikes, nor the sheer Baywatch hair-shake sexiness of surfers. However, once a year, outdoor enthusiasts from all inclinations within the ANU Mountaineering Club go bushwalking up…